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At SIPA's annual convention held the first weekend of March in Columbia, South Carolina, students and advisers attend sessions taught by national award-winning instructors. They also compete in onsite competitions and enjoy social and networking opportunities with other students and advisers from the Southeast.

SIPA 2019: Mark your calendars for March 1-3

Get ready for next year's convention and mark your calendars for March 1-3. We will post pre-convention workshops and sessions soon!

  • Registration – register now for SIPA 2019. Make sure you don't miss the Feb. 12 early-bird deadline to receive the special rate.
  • Hotel reservation form (.doc) – send this form in before Feb. 2 to book your room in the convention hotel.
  • Plan for your SIPA 2019 experience now and download (pdf) the convention planning guidebook. This booklet prepares you for everything we offer – from on-site competitions to visual contests, from hotel reservations to FAQs.
  • Apply to be a SIPA student officer! You can plan SIPA 2020 and impact what student journalists learn at the convention. 
  • Behavior contract (pdf) – all students attending the convention must sign a behavior contract. You can either send in contracts prior to arrival or bring them to the registration desk.
  • Convention overview (pdf) – find out what happens when during March 1-3 and see all the experiences we have in store for you at SIPA 2019.
  • Pre-convention workshops (pdf) – coming in early? Spend Friday afternoon bonding with fellow SIPA attendees in interactive educational workshops. From photography to non-fiction writing to yearbook to online storytelling, there's something fo everyone!

Become a sponsor at the SIPA convention and support student journalists, journalism advisers and journalism education. Find out how you can market your company/college to our over 600 attendees and the opportunities for sponsorship.

  • Company sponsorship packet (pdf)
  • College/university sponsorship packet (pdf)

All the following are included in the convention planning guide, but we have separated the files into topics of interest.

  • Get (pdf) all the information you need for SIPA's Best Visual Contest, including category descriptions, how to save entries and composite list forms.
  • Make a budget! The convention planning sheet (pdf) allows you to budget expenses for the convention and CJI.
  • Just want an overview? Download (pdf) the convention schedule for more details. 


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